Wasted Youth (American band)

Wasted Youth (American Band)

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Wasted Youth (also known as LA's Wasted Youth) was a hardcore punk band in early 1980s from Los Angeles, California. The band followed in the footsteps of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, and were a prominent and popular act amongst the Los Angeles punk underground of the early 1980s.


The band consisted of Chett Lehrer, Jeff Long, Erik The Viking(replaced by Allen Stiritz), and Danny Spira. The band's first release, Reagan's In, is a record of early West Coast hardcore punk music. This entire album, with its ten songs, takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and is famous for the Pushead artwork of Ronald Reagan on its front cover. The Pushead drawing was originally of Charles Manson with a swastika on his forehead. It was changed without Pushead's approval, for the album.

Later releases moved toward a more Thrash sound. Jeff Dahlgren became the front man after Danny Spira left the band in late 83, while recording what was to be re-recorded by Paolo Rossi and become "Get Out Of My Yard" culminating with their last album, Smack Daze. Get Out Of My Yard was co-produced with Darin Scheff. Wasted Youth did their best to prosper like bands such as The Adolescents, TSOL, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Agent Orange, etc, but was never as popular. Others were dominating the vibrant punk scene in the early...
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